With Hugo only 12 days away from release in UK & Ireland last month rumours were rife that Martin Scorsese was heading back into thriller with adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman and today that’s now been confirmed! THR are reporting the Norwegian writer and Working Title productions via Swedish newspaper confirmed Scorsese the director a project its believed the director has been circling for a while but everything was waiting for the writer’s approval before they got the go ahead to confirm.
Anyone waiting for Scorsese’s long awaited Jesuit priest drama The Silence will be severely disappointed same with the likes of The Irishman, The Gambler even the Sinatra biopic (which looks like to be the one after The Snowman in 2013). However for those cinephiles looking forward Scorsese going back to police style thrillers with a dark razor brutal edge to them will probably love today’s news. Also confirmed today was Nesbo’s blessing to the book’s film adaptation not been set in Oslo, Norway but as the way things are it could still be shot in the city but the city be called a American city.
The Snowman will be the first English Language adaptation of any of Jo Nesbo’s books following Norwegian detective Harry Hole (who is the protagonist is several if Nesbo’s novels) and THR describes the detective/book “as an anti-authoritarian, anti-sobriety cop, who investigates particularly gruesome killings. In The Snowman, a son finds his mother’s pink scarf wrapped around the neck of an ominous looking snowman. Hole realizes she is the latest victim of a serial killer.”
The Snowman will been written by screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z), with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce, here’s the books official synopsis:
Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.
Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother—and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised—and constantly revised—by the killer.
Fiercely suspenseful, its characters brilliantly realized, its atmosphere permeated with evil, The Snowman is the electrifying work of one of the best crime writers of our time.